Our programs support the ever-expanding mosaic of diversity and inclusion in American theatre, film,  television, and related media.

TCM “The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film”

Presented in collaboration with Inclusion in the Arts, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) dedicated the month of October 2012 to exploring the ways people with disabilities have been portrayed in film. On behalf of Inclusion in the Arts, Lawrence Carter-Long joined TCM host Ben Mankiewicz for The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film. The special month-long exploration aired Tuesdays in October 201.

Advocacy, Consulting & Information Program

Inclusion in the Arts maintains relationships with artists, producers, directors, casting directors, agents and unions in theatre, film and television, and related media.  We promote and facilitate cultural diversity at all levels of production.  Inclusion in the Arts also serves as a resource for funding agencies, educational institutions, the media and the general public seeking information and background on these issues.  We receive several requests a week for this help, averaging 150 requests per year.  Because we provide a unique depth of service, our engagement with individuals/organizations varies from a few hours to ongoing assistance over several months.

We work with individuals, production companies, theatres and organizations on a customized, case-by-case basis, providing information on specific issues and follow-up technical support as needed.   Services range from acting as a sounding board and expert consultant for companies dealing with these issues, assisting writers with ideas, providing specific language for casting notices and/or program notes, to facilitating and/or participating in project-related discussions and/or events.

The Disability/Accessibility Initiative, a subset of the Advocacy/Consulting and Information Program, directly addresses the fact that nearly 20% of Americans (56 million people) have a disability of some kind, yet this largest minority is seriously underrepresented in American arts and entertainment.

Broadway Accessibility / Audience Expansion Initiative

Thanks to the partnership between Inclusion in the Arts and G-PASS, 1.1 million New Yorkers and 56 million Americans with disabilities will have the opportunity to enjoy more Broadway shows than ever before. The Broadway Accessibility/Audience Expansion Initiative sets a new standard for collaboration between producers and accessibility specialists at all stages of production.

Middle Eastern American Theatre: History, Playwrights and Plays

The emergence of individual artists, institutions and programs and the anthology dedicated to work by Middle Eastern Americans in the first decade of the 21st century adds strong and vibrant new threads to the American theatrical quilt woven in the previous half-century by African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans.  This essay offers a history of Middle Eastern American theatre development.

Written on the Body: A Conversation About Disability

On April 18, 2006, a group of writers, actors, directors, and filmmakers gathered at HBO headquarters in New York City to discuss how to write about disability today.  The conversation focused on how to create authentic portrayals of disability.  The panel discussed what distinguishes authentic portrayals from clichéd, symbolic, or token representations of disability.  Panelists characterized disability as a minority “whose stories had not been told,” and emphasized the natural connections between disability and other social issues (poverty, race, sexuality, family).

National Diversity Forum

Inclusion in the Arts’ National Diversity Forum (NDF) is comprised of Roundtables, Resource Events, and Opinion Pieces.  The purposes of the Roundtables and Resource Events are to a) deepen dialogue and expand understanding of diversity through candid and constructive discussion; b) spark change toward more inclusive standards and practices; and c) build an expanding group of leaders in the field committed to resolving the issues related to racism and exclusion.

Listening with An Open Eye

Listening with an Open Eye is intended to provide employers background and practical information with respect to working with Deaf and hard- of-hearing actors in auditions, rehearsal and performance.  In order to present this information in the most accessible format, Listening with an Open Eye is available only online.

New Traditions

From 1992 to 1996, Inclusion in the Arts, then Non-Traditional Casting Project, published New Traditions, a newsletter featuring contributions from 66 actors, playwrights, directors, designers, producers, critics, academics, grantmakers, and others, representing a wide range of opinion on making the arts more culturally inclusive.